Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… » 2/18/15 1:24am 2/18/15 1:24am

Clever Hack Makes a Guitar Sound Just Like a Video Game 

Whenceforth cometh that unusual guitar shred? What is this strange device that makes a guitar sound like the budget score to a 80s video game? Let me explain. » 2/03/15 10:35am 2/03/15 10:35am

The New Mini Versions of These Classic Guitar Pedals Are Adorable

As far as guitar pedals go, there's are probably none more iconic that the Tube Screamer and the Cry Baby Wah. You almost certainly know their sound even you don't necessarily know the pedals themselves. Hendrix. Clapton. Need I say more? » 2/02/15 12:20pm 2/02/15 12:20pm

This Guitar Blogs

What happens when you give Steve Benford, the Professor of Collaborative Computing in at the University of Nottingham, a guitar and some time? He creates an instument that blogs is what. » 10/06/14 3:45am 10/06/14 3:45am

A One-String Pen-Sized Guitar That Almost Plays Like the Real Thing

They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. And if air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better traveling companion. » 4/28/14 8:01am 4/28/14 8:01am

Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you… » 4/23/14 4:20pm 4/23/14 4:20pm

An Ergonomic Upgrade Makes Guitar Picks Easier To Grasp

Die-hard musicians might scoff at the idea of the guitar pick needing an upgrade, but the creators of the Pykmax believe they've created a far more ergonomic and comfortable way to pick and pluck at strings. » 4/08/14 1:40pm 4/08/14 1:40pm

A Guitar Amp That's Going to Piss Analog Purists Off

Line 6, the well-regarded guitar gear manufacturer that just sold to Yamaha, has a new guitar amp that's going to give tube traditionalists—like me!—a migraine. Bluetooth?! iOS app? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. OK, but let's not be luddites for the hell of it. What's Line 6's new Amplifi got to offer? » 1/23/14 6:15pm 1/23/14 6:15pm

A Drum Machine In a Guitar Pedal Is a Genius Idea

Drummers are the worst, but for guitar players, the options are limited. You either get a drummer or deal with a bunch of extra gear to replace a drummer. Which is why Beat Buddy, despite its really unfortunate name, is a totally intriguing. It could be the simple hands-free drum machine guitar players have been… » 1/14/14 6:00pm 1/14/14 6:00pm

How the Electric Guitar Was Invented

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were… » 10/29/13 8:00am 10/29/13 8:00am

Remember Paul Vo? He's the genius who invented a little black box that makes acoustic guitars sound otherworldly by changing the physics of how strings vibrate? Well his Kickstarter succeeded, and 100 units of the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer are on sale now. » 6/13/13 5:15pm 6/13/13 5:15pm

The Easiest Guitar Tuner in the World

Guitar tuners aren't always the simplest gadgets in the world, even if they're mostly charged with an impossibly simple task. In fact, advanced features on more expensive tuners might confuse someone who doesn't know what they're doing. This one, though, opts for simple and cheap. There's something to be said for that. » 2/26/13 3:40pm 2/26/13 3:40pm

This Orange Guitar Amp Is More Powerful Than Your Computer

This Orange amp, called the OPC, isn't like other guitar amps. Instead of being little more than a jumped-up loudspeaker, this thing packs more computational grunt than your main computer. » 1/24/13 4:33am 1/24/13 4:33am

This USB GarageBand Guitar Puts a Little Apple in Your Fender

It may not be the first USB guitar, but this USB version of the Squire Stratocaster is the first one you're going to find available from the Apple Store. A joint effort between Fender and Apple, this guitar can get you you shredding in GarageBand. » 11/12/12 6:20pm 11/12/12 6:20pm

Guitar Skillet Lets You Cook Steak Like a Rockstar

Kitchenware might be practical, but it isn't nearly enough fun. Fortunately, cookware company Lodge has decided to change that by creating a seasoned guitar-shaped cast iron skillet at its Tennessee foundry. » 10/12/12 5:36am 10/12/12 5:36am

Behold the Spectacle of 14 Guitars Played By an Arduino-Powered Army

Sound art is a term that's almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In "Playa," 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino… » 10/04/12 5:40pm 10/04/12 5:40pm

Wooden Guitar Spoons: Stir Your Hashbrowns Like Hendrix

Whether you prefer the sound of acoustic or electric guitars, Kikkerland's got you covered with this set of beechwood spoons shaped like the iconic instruments. » 9/25/12 5:20pm 9/25/12 5:20pm

Amphones Help You Shred In Silence If Your Neighbors Are Jerks

"If it's too loud," the saying goes, "the neighbors are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session." In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier… » 9/18/12 1:44pm 9/18/12 1:44pm

Magnetic Guitar Picks Eliminate Free Rock Concert Souvenirs

Bad news for those of you who splurge on front row concert tickets in hopes of snagging a musician's lost guitar pick. These plastic MagnetaPicks incorporate a thin magnetic neodymium disc that lets them securely stick to any metallic surface—from guitar strings to microphone stands— so they're next to impossible to… » 8/28/12 3:20pm 8/28/12 3:20pm

How To Shred On a Guitar With Your Foot

A group of students in Japan is trying to develop a machine that lets you pluck guitar strings with your foot. The technology could one day help people who only have one arm play guitar. Some day we might have a world of Rick Allen-like guitar players. » 8/17/12 4:20pm 8/17/12 4:20pm